Eric Zavinski – Editor in Chief
Clarion University of Pennsylvania administration has decided not to lay off faculty for the 2017-18 academic year because of a letter to retrench said faculty that was sent in March 2017.
Acting President Todd Pfannestiel made the announcement that the letter to retrench faculty at Clarion University was pulled at Thursday night’s Clarion University Board of Trustees meeting.
“We look forward to working closely with the faculty union leadership to address our mutual goals of ensuring academic quality, affordability and cost containment,” said Pfannestiel. “Even though we still face significantly rising costs, we feel that our decision to rescind the retrenchment notice is in the best interest of our students and university.”
Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) President at Clarion Ray Feroz is looking forward to working with Pfannestiel, the administration and faculty to find solutions to cater to what students are interested in and salvage low-enrolled programs.
“We can now devote our energy in a positive direction, working to improve academics, recover enrollment and improve systems here,” said Feroz. “I am absolutely convinced that collaboration and cooperation is the way to make Clarion University a great place for students to learn and faculty to work.”
Talks about retrenchment had started as early as the fall 2016 semester. While Clarion University has achieved a rise in overall enrollment, some programs within the school have not felt that positive change, which had caused the idea of faculty retrenchment to be seen as an option at Clarion.
“The university looks forward this year to continuing meaningful discussions on several topics important to the success of the institution without further considering retrenchment,” said Pfannestiel.
With Clarion no longer considering the possibility of layoffs, Cheyney University remains the solitary school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to have the chance of faculty retrenchment on the table.